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Taking a few moments to consider your composition can make a huge difference in your images - this is especially true of portrait photography. One of the most common mistakes new photographers make is failing to account for protruding elements; that is, background elements that seemingly extend from a person's head or body. Examples include whole trees, tree limbs, poles, sailboat masts, etc. Simply side stepping or moving up or down can eliminate distracting objects and keep the focus on your clients.
The use of photographic textures in wedding photography is becoming more and more popular. Adding a texture to a few of your event photos can turn ordinary shots into unique works of art for your clients. Let me show you how you can do this in just a few short minutes.
Start out by selecting a photograph that you think might look good with the addition of a texture. In this shot below, I decided to emphasize the dark nature of the sky that day.
Paxton Portraits Wedding Photography : Marysville, Washington
I typically meet with my wedding clients twice before the actual wedding day. The first meeting is usually 6-12 months before the wedding. We chat about style and generally get to know each other during the first meeting. Sometimes I coordinate the first meeting with an engagement session. The first meeting is a great ice breaker and kicks off the relationship between the photographer and bride/groom.
I had a senior portrait session today and thought I would share two images that shows the difference adding a second (accent) light can make. The first shot is lit by a single strobe bounced into an umbrella camera right (at a 45-degree angle to the client). The second image includes a second light being fired through a snoot, camera left, almost perpendicular to my client and raised nearly 10-feet up. Both images were taken in the shade.
In this case, an accent/hair light makes